hor·rif·ic | \hȯ-ˈri-fik, hä-\

Definition of horrific 

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

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horrifically \hȯ-ˈri-fi-k(ə-)lē, hä- \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world

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After the horrific May 27 flood in downtown Ellicott City, the list of businesses and organizations reopening is slowly growing. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Trinity School remembers Sister Catherine Phelps," 6 July 2018 McCall’s horrific 1945 to 1972 reign has always been treated with kid gloves in these parts. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 2018 Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage The latest project from Selena Gomez and frequent collaborator Petra Collins is quite horrific. refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez Goes Full Art House Horror Queen In This Creepy New Video," 20 June 2018 Morgan Foster, Chandler Recovered from horrific car accident to achieve state’s best time at state winning the 800 meters in 2:12.03. Richard Obert, azcentral, "American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year nominees," 24 May 2018 Eight years ago, Amberly Lago survived a horrific motorcycle accident that shattered her right leg. Health.com, "I Have a Chronic Pain Syndrome Dubbed the ‘Suicide Disease’—Here’s How I've Learned to Embrace Life," 17 Apr. 2018 Four years after the horrific traffic accident that nearly ended his life, Tracy Morgan is making a triumphant, televised return in The Last O.G., co-starring Tiffany Haddish and co-created by Academy Award winner Jordan Peele. Paul Chi, HWD, "How Tracy Morgan’s Near-Death Experience Inspired His New Comedy, The Last O.G.," 30 Mar. 2018 Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in August 1955, a crime that remains one the most horrific single examples of racial violence in the Jim Crow South. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Fresh Justice for Emmett Till?," 12 July 2018 Much of the testimony during the trial came from about a dozen Liberians flown in from Africa to recount their horrific experiences during the war. Kelly Brennan, Philly.com, "Delco man convicted of hiding past as Liberian war criminal," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2018

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The first known use of horrific was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of horrific

: causing horror or shock

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to reject or criticize sharply

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